Margaret Yung Collard - President International Art Properties, Inc

1) Please tell something about your organization, key achievements and benefits you provide to global hoteliers?
IAP ( International Art Properties, Inc.) has been a supplier to the Hospitality Industry for over 35 plus years, providing premium Planters, Ash/Trash containers and accessories to Hotels and commercial projects .
Margaret Yung Collard President of IAP was one of the first importers from the USA in China in 1978 .With over thirty years of working and developing products in China the company has a track record for high quality products, reliability and customer service.Their clients include all the premium hotel chains worldwide ,with the moderate prices their sophisticated contemporary and European design containers are affordable to 3 ,4 and 5 star hotels.

Previous to manufacturing fiberglass products IAP produced museum quality porcelains to accessorize many 5 star hotels, with the experience of working with form and finishes and with her son Christopher they began designing and producing the best quality, light weight contemporary fiberglass containers .IAP became the container of choice for planters and trash containers in the Industry.

With their factories in China, IAP can ship directly from Shanghai Port to any Country in the World saving the clients time and money.

2) How has the economy downturn affected your business? What steps have your taken to help hoteliers in this economy? Any special deal, discount, or offer?
In 2009 many large projects have been placed "on Hold" ,however,we continue to have many requests for quotes for projects scheduled to be installed in 2010 and 2011.Orders for smaller projects have been active all year and we expect sales in 2009 to be lower than previous years.We have taken this opportunity to review and improve all areas of the business by adding more inventory at our Oakland warehouse so we can deliver within a few days on receipt of orders.We are also working closely with our factories for faster delivery of orders and have developed new designs and finishes.More importantly we can work more closely with our clients to quickly provide for their special needs.
With the economy in mind we are in the process of designing a lower price line of planters to meet budget projects without sacrificing the quality of the products.By producing new designs and sizes we can lower the cost as well as shipping.We are also working with the carriers to offer maximum discounts for all our clients. For quantity orders IAP will work with the hoteliers to offer best prices.

3) What do you see as the future of Hotel industry? What major trends will impact hotel business in coming 20 years?
People will continue to travel perhaps watching cost more closely. There will always be a market for 5 star hotels as one group of investors that lost money,another group received the benefit.Its likely that 3 and 4 star hotels would probably be more active due to lower room cost,however ,due to the Internet its necessary for hotels to make sure their web sites are inviting. The design of the lobbies are critical as hotel guests would like their first impression to be a pleasant one.Too often inexpensive accessories destroy the integrity of the design.

The clean contemporary designs will continue to be the trend but its important that experienced designers are the specifiers to avoid the glass and brass version of good modern design

4) What benefits and key advantages you offer over competition? Why should over readers consider doing business with you?
With 35 plus years of experience, a good track record,the best quality containers and continuued new and innovative designs and most importantly IAP is financially a very strong company added plus ..a real person answers when you call buttons to press!

5) Do you provide E-commerce or online payment facility? Can our readers book your products or services online?
IAP is a wholesaler to the trade, we have a comprehensive website that is user friendly, wholesale prices are not published on the website,when the client is indentified a PDF wholesale price list is e. mailed to the client and a catalog is sent via mail. Please view our website or call 1-800-426-6471 with any enquires.

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